Category: aging

Boomer Icons, Deep Thinkers Offer Advice on Aging (Fall 2017)

From when we’re born until we die, everyone ages. But, after the advent of the youth-driven Baby Boomer era, getting older (remember Hope I Die Before I Get Old and Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30) was considered a bad thing. Now Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are the ones getting – dare we say it – old. And just like they have done at every stage of their lives, Boomers are reinventing and redefining what it means to age.

Today, 65 might not be the new 35, but it certainly isn’t our grandmothers’ 65.

In an ongoing collection of articles I’ve written for Booming Encore, I’ve culled good ideas about getting older in the 21st Century from some of the best known boomer icons like Jane Fonda and from some lesser-known, but equally important thinkers on the issue like Mortimer Adler, the author of War of the Roses.

You can read the ones that interest you here by clicking on their titles. Happy, healthy, harmonious aging everyone …

Jane Fonda Talks About the Power of Aging 

Perspective on Aging from Author Warren Adler, Now Age 92

The Most Important Lessons on Aging from The Classic Tuesdays with Morrie


Sample September 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to My New Writing/Speaking/Consulting/Tour Guiding Communication Practice

This is a sample of what I hope will be a long line of newsletters from my new communications and learning practice I officially opened here in DC this week. In my practice, I focus on 3 topics – the Baby Boomer Generation, classic rock music, and issues on aging, especially as they affect men.

How You Can Get This Newsletter Sent Directly to Your Inbox 

All you need to do is send an email to with the phrase Dave Price Newsletter in the subject line. It’s just that easy. Then each month (or on special occasions) you will receive a link to our just published newsletter so you can find out all the latest news about what’s going on with my writing, speaking, consulting, and tour guiding.

What’s New

In Writing

I’m currently contributing regularly to 2 online publications

I’m also researching for my 1st book tentatively titled Rock of Agers: How Has Classic Rock Remained So Popular for More Than 50 Years?

Here is a sample of some of the fun stuff I’ve done for the book over the Summer

Eric Burdon

  • Interviewed fans of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead at The Hamilton Live concert series

Jerry Garcia

Air Guitar

In Speaking

I’m meeting later this month with the program director of the Arlington County Library to finalize a series of 9 interactive talks I will be delivering on some major issues of aging.

In Consulting

I’m designing a special inter-generational writing program where senior citizens in nursing homes will correspond with seniors in local high schools.

In Tour Guiding

I’m taking a 5-week course at the Newseum to prepare me to guide tours there.

The Blog Beat

You can keep up with all the latest news about the subjects I’m focused on by following the 4 blogs I’ve created, sometimes write for, curate, and publish.  You can either bookmark or favorite the blog sites and check them when you have time or you can sign up on the individual blog sites and have posts delivered directly to your inbox by email each time there is a new entry. Here are links to the 4 blogs:

Rock of Agers

Talking ‘Bout My Generation

Senior Moments with Older Today Dave

The DC Day Tripper

On Social Media

If you’re on Facebook, you can like and follow our Facebook pages:

If you’re on Twitter, you can like and follow us here:

Special Thanks This Month To …

Keith Berquist, the marketing manager of The Hamilton Live for setting me up to interview Grateful Dead fans at the venue.

Eric Burdon’s wife and agent, Marianna Burdon, for all her help facilitating my contact with Eric and his band.

And to my wife of 44 years, Judy, for proofreading everything I send out. She might be an artist by training, but she has turned into a hellaciously good editor to catch my mistakes and suggest changes.

In Memorium


Obviously, since classic rock is almost 55 years old, we are losing many of its performers. While all represent a loss, some tug at our hearts more than others.

For my former South Jersey English teaching colleague Shirley Giddens, that was the incomparable David Bowie. Here is a link to an article I wrote for Booming Encore about Shirley and “her man” David. And yes, that is Shirley’s license plate pictured above.

For Judy and me, it would be the recent death of Gregg Allman, vocalist and keyboard player for the legendary Allman Brothers Band. We saw Gregg perform on numerous occasions, the most special being on Judy’s 65th birthday when we actually got to chat with him and then see him perform stage-side right in front of his Hammond B-3 organ. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we also got to see him play live for his final concert at his Laidback Festival in Atlanta. Here’s an account of Judy’s 65th birthday on The Rock Legends Cruise IV with Gregg Allman.

JUdy and Greg

It’s My Life

Obviously, I spend a lot of my time researching, reading, writing, and speaking for my communications practice. Of course, I have to do extensive napping from all that exertion. But I do get to do other things and in each issue I’ll let you know about a few of them.

Living in DC (well to be precise just across the Potomac River in Crystal City, which is 3 Metro stops from the district), we’re in the heart of Trumplandia. Recently, while walking around  the area, I spied a fashion faux pas involving Donald Trump and tie-dye. Here’s the Trump-toodian non-tasteful tale.

I spent 18 hours this summer trying to figure out the brilliance that is David Lynch as I watched his Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime.


light man

I thought maybe a week of reflection might help, but still Lynch’s arresting, disturbing, magnificent aural and pictorial vision of good and evil is beyond my powers of comprehension.

Words like brilliant, genius, unique, simply fail to do it justice. I realize it’s not for everyone, but it certainly is for me. Simply put, I believe David Lynch is the greatest all-around creative artist of my lifetime.

Twin Peaks is to fantastical surrealism what The Wire is to gritty realism. Opposites in most every way, but equally powerful, they are the two best shows ever to air on TV.

Got a light?
Jiao-dai. Judy.
Where the hell is Audrey Horne?
What year is this?
A blood-curdling scream from the Laura-Not Laura-Maybe Laura Palmer.
Black … fade to credits.

So many, many questions as yet unanswered. Perhaps some day, but not yet today.

If you followed the series closely and have any theories about what Twin Peaks: The Return actually meant, send me your thoughts by email to ( and maybe together we can figure out the enignmatic masterpiece. I really would enjoy hearing your thoughts.

I Don’t Know Why You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

Well, that’s it for this month. And as my Tex-ian Daddy used to say “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise” I hope to see all of you back here next newsletter.

A Parting Thought 

A good way to go through life is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Peace, take care, be well, and, most of all, be kind …

Dave Price


The 5th Beatle?


Men’s Challenges with Aging: Blame John Wayne


By Dave Price – Senior Writer

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

If you are or know a male Baby Boomer who is having an extremely hard time aging, there’s a good chance that the Waynes – or more specifically, John Wayne and Bruce “Batman” Wayne – may be greatly to blame.

While it’s true that the idea of what exactly is a man has been changing over recent decades, much of the sense of masculinity in the mid-20th Century was established and reinforced through the codes of western movies and their stars such as John Wayne and the behavior of then-contemporary fictional heroes such as Batman and James Bond.

Here’s a look at five of those you-must-be-this-to-be-a-real-man concepts which were integral parts of the portrayal of the alpha male embedded in the entertainment of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, the early shaping decades for Baby Boomers.

To keep reading this article, click here.

The Perils of Aging for Men


By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

I’ve never been big on birthdays.

Since I was young, March 26th has really just been another day in the year for me.

But on my last birthday I arrived at what most people consider a significant aging milestone.

I turned 65.

With the exception that I would now be eligible to use the Medicare card the U.S. government had sent me earlier in the month, 65 didn’t seem any different than 60, when I started a 4-year stint as a DC-based educational consultant. Or than 64 when I decided to devote myself to freelance writing. Or than 59 (when I retired from my instructional career in education after 30 years) for that matter.

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The Great Story of … Wait … I Forgot What Is Was


By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

As a new member of the Over 65 Club, I think everyone younger than me (and that’s a whole lot of people) should come up with a plan to remember things. In fact, I strongly suggest you design that plan as soon as you finish reading this article.

That way, you won’t forget.

Now I know what many of you are saying: I don’t need a plan … my memory will always stay sharp and focused. Well, I felt that way once, too. But I was so much younger then – say like 63 or 64.

Now however, like the Ancient Mariner of the famous Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem or the lone surviving whaler called Ishmael in the classic novel Moby Dick, I have returned to offer you a warning.

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When It Comes to Aging, Don’t Drop the Soap

They told me one day I would feel old, but I just refused to believe them.

Age 30. Then 40 – 50 – 60, now 64. Nope, not old.

Grey hair. White hair. Thinning hair. Definitely more hair in my ears and my nose than on the growing bald spot on the back of my head. Still didn’t feel old. Besides, that’s what small scissors are for.

An expanding stomach. Creaking bones. Getting up at night to pee. Still no significant difference.

Hey, I thought, maybe I’m impervious to aging and its supposed ravagings.

But then today all that changed.

I had to face the fact that maybe I really am old.

What happened, you ask?

Well, I still use bar soap.

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